Of all these methods, we recommend using GeForce Now because it’s free for limited gameplay and it works on both Intel and the latest Apple Silicon Macs.
This includes all types of Mac including MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, Mac Studio and iMacs.
Boosteroid is also a good option although the Boosteroid servers have been severely affected by demand for Hogwarts Legacy meaning many users have had problems playing Genshin Impact and other games using it.
GeForce Now and Boosteroid both allow you to download and play Genshin Impact without Boot Camp which makes things much easier.
Using Boot Camp to play Genshin Impact is more complicated to setup and it does not work on Apple Silicon Macs.
Note that you can’t play Genshin Impact on Macs by installing Windows in a virtual machine such as Parallels due to the anti-cheat technology in the game similar to Vanguard which virtual machines do not support.
Install GeForce Now on your Mac. If you see a warning “NVIDIA GeForce Now” is an app downloaded from the Internet. Are you sure you want to open it?” click on Open.
Drag and drop the GeForce Now app into your Applications folder.
Launch the GeForce Now app and select Genshin Impact to add it to your library of games.
If you don’t want to install the Geforce Now app or have problems installing it on your Mac, you can also play Genshin Impact in the Chrome web browser using GeForce Now.
Note that other browsers such as Firefox and Safari are not supported by GeForce Now though.
Since everything is streamed over the Cloud, GeForce Now works on any Mac made after 2009 so it even allows you to play Genshin Impact on older Macs.
This also means you can play Genshin Impact on both Intel Mac and Apple Silicon M1/M2/M3 Macs.
GeForce Now is free for 1 hour of gameplay so you can test Genshin Impact for free first although you may have to wait up to an hour for a free slot first.
To skip the queue and for more than one hour’s gameplay you need to click on Upgrade or Join Now in the top right of the screen.
GeForce Now costs $9.99 per month for up to 6 hours per session and $19.99 for up to 8 hours gameplay per session.
The $19.99 RTX 3080 subscription also includes faster servers and support for 4K resolution with up to 120 Frames Per Second (FPS).
Note that for this subscription GeForce Now recommends running at least macOS 10.13.2 or later on a newer Mac such as the MacBook Pro 2016 and later, MacBook 2016 and later, MacBook Air 2018 and later, iMac 2017 and later, iMac 27″ Late 2015 or later, Mac Mini 2018 and later, Mac Pro 2019 and later, or iMac Pro.
You can find more information about GeForce Now subscriptions here.
You can find a full FAQ about playing Genshin Impact on GeForce Now here.
Boosteroid is a Cloud gaming service that also allows you to play Genshin Impact on a Mac.
Like GeForce Now, Boosteroid works on both Intel and Apple Silicon Macs.
Unlike GeForce Now though, there’s no free version of Boosteroid and no free trial but subscriptions start at around $10 a month.
Firstly, it’s important to be aware that Boosteroid’s servers have been severely affected by massive demand for Hogwarts Legacy which has made playing all games on it including Genshin Impact laggy and in some cases impossible.
Boosteroid is aware of this and has issued an apology while it upgrades its server capacity but it’s important to be aware of this before subscribing to it to play Genshin Impact.
Boosteroid also received a huge boost recently when Microsoft announced a partnership with it to eventually bring Xbox games as well as Activision Blizzard titles to it.
With this in mind, here’s how to play Genshin Impact with Boosteroid.
Sign-up for a Boosteroid subscription. You can either pay annually or monthly but if you pay monthly you can cancel at any time although it works out slightly more expensive.